Campaign to reclaim streets
Children and young people have been getting creative and learning about the City’s art collection at the Invercargill Public Art Gallery. Throughout the school holidays, 138 children and young people visited the gallery to choose their favourite from the 70 images of artworks covering the walls of a special space at the 5 Don Street popup gallery.
All 46 of the chosen artworks are on display in the Kids can Curate exhibition that opened on 29 October and will run through to Christmas.
Free after school Tuesday workshops have also been organised as part of the Kids can Curate exhibition. In these workshops, children can learn about using paper in new ways to sculpt forms and create coloured patterns. Workshops for 5 to 8 year-olds are scheduled for Tuesday 6 December and Tuesday 13 December from 3:45 to 4:30pm. Siblings of different ages are welcome.
Assistant Manager Sarah Brown says these workshops are very creative, hands-on and popular.
‘‘They help the kids to feel like the gallery is a space for them,’’ she says.
‘‘It’s a pretty relaxed atmosphere.’’
The workshops are run by Sarah and governing President and trained art teacher Dave Kennedy.
Spaces are limited. Please register by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 215 7432.
The project is supported by a Creative Communi- ties grant and sponsorship from the Invercargill Licensing Trust.
The Invercargill Public Art Gallery is open weekdays Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 5pm and Saturday from 12 noon to 3.30pm at 5 Don Street, Invercargill. FREE entry and activities for children provided. Southland parents are being encouraged to make a pledge committing to getting their kids to school, without using the car, one day each week.
It is part of a Fairfax campaign, supported by the Eye and the Sunday Star-Times, called the Foot It campaign.
We have teamed up with Neighbourly and Micro Scooters to bring change by driving membership of their Foot It clubs. Southlanders can take the pledge by heading to www.neighbourly.co.nz/footit - they can nominate the day of the week they’re going to Foot It to school. It could be walking, cycling, scooting, or something else entirely. Members will also become a member of their local Neighbourly Foot It Group to keep connected and inspired.
Each club is a place to connect with other parents, communicate initiatives and share ideas - plus, it also gives participants the chance to win one of 50 Micro scooters.
The Eye reporter Joanna Griffiths said: ‘‘We think this is a great community initiative. It’s fun, it helps fitness and it gets people walking to school. I have started walking to work every day. It takes 30 minutes and is refreshing - better than a cup of coffee.’’
Sunday Star-Times Editor Jonathan Milne says ‘‘we want to reclaim our streets as a safe place for kids to get to and from school, and see our Foot It clubs as a fun opportunity for parents to walk the talk.’’
A recent Ministry of Transport study tracked the decline of children walking or cycling to school in favour of being driven over the past 20 years. This has led to mayhem outside school gates and the unpopularity of active modes of transport.
Micro Scooters Brand Manager Hannah McHalick says ‘‘scooting with your kids to school is a great way to be a healthy role model for your little ones.’’
The aim is to shift the campaign nationwide if it takes off.
Parents interested in signing up to a Foot It club can go to www.neighbourly.co.nz/footit. Pledging will also give them a chance to win one of 50 Micro scooters.
Scooting with your kids to school is a great way to be a healthy role model.